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Prospective Sharks GM Candidate on What Makes a Great GM

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What makes a great GM?

I talked to a likely candidate for San Jose Sharks GM, who has to remain anonymous, but shared his thoughts about what makes a great GM, among other interesting insights about the GM interview process.

Before that, Nick and I mused who San Jose Sharks fans would root for if Joe Thornton and the Florida Panthers faced off against Joe Pavelski and the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final (14:00).

I also talked about what I’ve heard positive and negative about the candidacies of Kevin Weekes (20:00) and John Ferguson Jr. (28:00) for the Sharks GM position.

This candidate I spoke with truly believes that he can make the San Jose Sharks winners again, in the short-term and the long-term (35:00).

What goes into a GM candidate’s presentation to a team (39:00)? What are some of the political aspects of the GM hiring process (44:20)?

We speculate: Does the San Jose Sharks GM hire revolve around protecting the jobs of the people already in place in the organization (46:00)?

How much is the league involved in the process of hiring a GM? More than you’d probably guess (49:50).

What is this candidate’s idea of who a great GM is (55:00)? We get to the core of it. Why is it not necessarily important for a candidate to have, for example, a strong amateur scouting record?

Finally, Pierre LeBrun reported that the San Jose Sharks have at least 25 names on their list. Is that too many (59:30)? This candidate thinks so.

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